Ebony/Brass Try Squares

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 06-02-2012 07:58 PM 4916 views 18 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch


These are two try squares I just finished. They are 12” and 6” long, made from 1/8” brass and ebony. I have had a set of wooden try squares I made a year or so ago but I found that I sometimes cut into the blade with a marking knife. Since I have left over ebony from a previous project and came across some brass I decided to make new squares. I used epoxy to attached the brass parts to the ebony. Because I have a strip of brass along the bottom edge, the blade is lifted up an 1/8”. Therefore when using the square to check a corner, any debris will not keep the square from contacting both surfaces.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 08:10 PM

Wow Wow Really nice I love these they are quite valuable to to a serious collector of fine tools .Go straight to the top of the class well done. Alistair

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 08:52 PM

Very beautiful tools!!..........Jim

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 09:51 PM

Those are hideous and not fit for your shop. Please send them to me!

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 10:11 PM


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#5 posted 06-02-2012 10:13 PM

Beautiful squares!

Where did you get your Brass?

How do you touch-up squareness… if you ever have to… sometime into the future…? LOL

Great project!

Thank you…

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#6 posted 06-02-2012 10:33 PM

Great tools! I’m sure that lots of people would like you to give some more detail on how you made them. Please!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 11:21 PM

I’ll bet you could market those fine utensils..

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 11:33 PM

If they ever go out of square I can use a file to correct the blade. I got the brass from a metal worker I know, he had some brass he figured he wouldn’t use.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 11:44 PM

nice tools.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 06-03-2012 12:13 AM

Those are a class set of squares but of course I haven’t seen anything that you build that isn’t classy.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 06-03-2012 12:32 AM

You never cease to amaze me with your talent. You really do make some exquisite tools.

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#12 posted 06-03-2012 12:41 AM


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#13 posted 06-03-2012 01:11 AM

Beautiful .really nice work .these are a real work of art.

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#14 posted 06-03-2012 12:24 PM


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#15 posted 06-03-2012 01:36 PM

Wow, it has already been said but I have to agree those are beautiful.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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